“Focus on the Path instead of the end Destination”

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“Focus on the Path instead of the end Destination”

By: Brandon Rynka

It’s common to want what we desire, regardless of how we get there. However, during our chase towards ‘desire’, we sometimes allow ourselves to get too enthralled with the outcome, that we lose sight of what will truly make us feel fulfilled. Myself included.

Most of us naturally want to win; we want to be the best and we care more about the aftermath – win or loss – than we care about how we got there. But the truth is, winning lacks noticeable substance, especially early on in a venture if we didn’t learn anything from the win. Sure you’re victorious in that moment, and the immediate sense of accomplishment creates a euphoric temporary high but the long term fulfillment and growth suffers when we speed past the process.

As one of my Ji Jitsu coaches astutely pointed out to the class,

“nobody cares about who wins a white belt tournament. Winning a white belt tournament is great and all, but if we didn’t learn anything from it, we’re going to lose all the matches that actually matter later on in our careers, against genuine high level competition; the matches that people actually remember and talk about.”

This analogy hit home with me. I enjoyed the feeling of submitting and controlling matches in class, like we all do, but this sort of control over a lesser important provides very little value compared to testing myself against higher level competition and working on a much more effective, crisp Jiu Jitsu game that affords me the opportunity to prevent and apply authentic proper technique.

In order to truly achieve a more satisfying long term result, we need to be more thrilled with the progress than we are with the initial result. If the result falls in our favour, that’s awesome. But when we focus solely on win or lose, the first sign of a loss or defeat will scare us for the hills and make us way too conservative, way less creative and ultimately prone to quit at the first sign of discomfort, which is where true growth takes place.

Instead of being obsessed with the outcome, it’s the process – the learning and application – that should take precedent. After all, this learning and attempt to apply the knowledge we just obtained provides us with real value and will ultimately lead to much more important, meaningful victories in life when the prize truly matters.

Trying new things, taking chances, and involving yourself with the growth of a sport, task or hobby is where we continue on a path. Simply winning isn’t enough. It’s the constant growth and development and noticeable applied improvement that keeps people coming back striving for more.

 

 

 

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